News from the plant

Northwest Indiana Women of Steel and USW Local Unions collect food for Local 7-669

On Sunday November 24th, Women of Steel from USW Locals 6787 and 1014 along with USW Local 2003 delivered two van loads of food collected from Northwest Indiana Steelworkers.  The food was delivered in time for Thanksgiving and was well received by the members of Local 7-669.  The Women of Steel have been conducting a food drive since early October to help support our locked out Brother and Sisters.  A special thanks to all the Steelworkers that donated and especially to the Women of Steel who made the 12 hour round trip to deliver the food to our local.

Members of USW 7-669 at the Metropolis Rebuilding Together diner
Members of USW 7-669 at the Metropolis Rebuilding Together diner

USW 7-669 participating in Metropolis Rebuilding Together

On November 22, 2014, members of USW 7-669 participated in the Metropolis Rebuilding Together fund raising diner at the Baymont Inn in Metropolis, Illinois.  Our Local Union also donated prizes for the silent auction.  All proceeds raised will help fund the Rebuilding Together efforts this year in Metropolis.

Pictured from left to right are: Butch Bray, Mark Beard, Jeremy Long, Eric McClellan, Stephen Lech, Christian Musselman, & Franklin Walter

USW Charges Honeywell with Illegally Locking Out its Workers

The United Steelworkers (USW) and USW Local 7-669 filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Nov. 10, 2014 concerning Honeywell Corp.’s lockout of its union members on Aug. 2, 2014.

The USW deems the lockout to be illegal and in violation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The union alleges Honeywell threatened to permanently replace its union workforce; illegally dealt directly with employees instead of bargaining with the union; and failed to respond to an information request from the union. Other alleged violations of the NLRA are the company’s unilateral change to benefits and repeated demonstrations of anti-union animus.

HONEYWELL ADMITS TO MISCLASSIFYING EMERGENCY

It appears as though the company has went in to damage control.  Follow the link for the full story.

Contractor-Installed Equipment Involved in Suspected Major Leak at Honeywell Plant

USW: Contractor-Installed Equipment Involved in Suspected Major Leak at Honeywell Plant

The United Steelworkers (USW) union is calling for an investigation after photos and videos taken Sunday evening showed suspected hazardous gas escaping the Honeywell uranium conversion facility in Metropolis, Ill.

The suspected release of uranium hexafluoride (UF6) comes nearly three months after Honeywell locked out 150 USW Local 7-669 members on Aug. 2 and replaced a group of experienced and well-trained workers with temporary laborers who lack adequate experience in dealing with hazardous substances.

“It is time for Honeywell to end this senseless lockout, return these 150 experienced workers to their jobs, and come to terms on a new, fair contract agreement,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard.

March and Rally in Metropolis, Illinois!!

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Check out the new hard hat display in front of the plant.

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LATEST HONEYWELL BARGAINING SESSION ENDS WITHOUT AGREEMENT

The two day negotiation session between Honeywell Corp. and United Steelworkers Local 7-669 has ended without an agreement.  The union is disappointed that the company brought no new proposals to the table.

USW District 7 Director, Mike Millsap, said, "It’s unfortunate that Honeywell is refusing to compromise in any capacity.  We have remained willing to address the companies concerns and have offered multiple proposals doing so, but have been met with nothing but no answers and refusals to do any actual negotiating.

Honeywell Management brings no new proposals to October 2nd bargaining

Today, our Union and the company met for the first time since August.  You may recall that the Union released a statement on August 26th here announcing the next round of bargaining and explaining that the company would not have any counter-proposals and instead demanded that we vote on their previous offer.  The company got upset about our statements and released a letter of their own August 26th here stating that we were spreading misinformation and they would be responding to our proposals.

Then, Plant Manager Jim Pritchett released this letter complaining about the Union's upcoming march and rally stating that we should be focused on bargaining, not a rally.  Well today our Union showed up ready to bargain with the company and in their regular dishonest fashion they showed up with their same old proposal.  There were no changes.  This is apparently their idea of bargaining and it will not result in an agreement.  

The company refuses to address the Union's concerns about job security, grievance and arbitrations, lay-off and recall, job biding, temporary job assignments, qualifications, seniority, medical exams, work hours, overtime, mandatory on-call, leaves of absence, subcontracting, vacations, use of cameras in break areas, safety equipment, holidays, use of FMLA, health insurance for active employees and retirees, and discipline. 

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